Chanukah means "dedication" in Hebrew, referring to the joyous eight-day commemoration of the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem with a ritual lighting of the oil in the menorah. Today, we light the candles of the Chanukiyah (the menorah designed for this festival). We enjoy foods prepared with oil (latkes “potato pancakes” and sufganiyot “jelly doughnuts”) to remind us of story that only one day of oil was found in the Temple, but the oil lasted eight days. We sing songs - Listen to Flory Jagoda’s Ladino classic “Ocho Kandelikas”. And we play games, like spinning the "dreidel" that's inscribed with the the letters that stand for "A Great Miracle Happened There" (in Israel, "A Great Miracle Happened Here"). Here's a simple 4-page document with the blessings and songs of Chanukah.
Pride Month & CBST
June is New York City Pride Month and a month of celebration at CBST as well. With Shabbat services, special events for families with children, guest speakers and of course the Pride March itself - dance in the streets with CBST's float, under our rainbow chuppah and with our community ... Joyful! Spiritual! Proud!
CBST observes the holidays of the Jewish ritual calendar:
- Tu BiSh'vat
- High Holy Days - S'lichot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot and Simchat Torah
In addition to special Shabbatot, we celebrate and observe:
- Kristallnacht German Jewish Music Shabbat
- Transgender Day of Rememberance Shabbat
- World AIDS Day Shabbat
- Harvey Milk Shabbat
- Shabbat Shirah
- Pride Shabbat and more!